Morning all.
So I've been told I have IBS but the doctors have told me there is no fix and to just deal with it. Trouble is I don't know how to deal with it. I'm constantly bloated and uncomfortable and have no idea how to manage it.
Does anyone have any tips and advice? 💚

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Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you @veece123 I think in going to started keeping a diary to see if there are any triggers xx

veece123
almost 4 years

I was diagnosed with IBS over 20 years ago. Like most people I found that doctors weren't able to help much. They just don't have the funding or knowledge base to spend the time needed on it. My problem was slow peristalsis in the gut with periods of over activity when I ate a food that irritated my gut. I used a nutritionalist to help me get to the bottom of it (excuse the pun) and found a combination of colonic irrigation, elimination diet and probiotics was the key. I was very sick and in pain all the time. It took a while to sort it out but rarely have any flare ups now. I find yoga amazing to help massage the gut and get things moving. I don't exercise if I'm feeling poorly with it except maybe a gentle walk. I find a warm bath and rest better on these days. There's no right or wrong, I think it's finding your own path through it and listening to your body. A food and symptom diary would be a great starting point. Good luck with it x

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

I wonder what @Madeleine Shaw view is? Xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Me too now. Now I'm not sure if to carry on as I am or take it down a notch. I don't want to completely give up my cardio and strength training because I love both xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

Very interesting. So glad you started this thread Jenny!

morglow
almost 4 years

I don't think so but I'm not completely sure

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

I wonder if strength training has the same affect? Xx

morglow
almost 4 years

Maddie has yoga for reducing stress on YouTube.

morglow
almost 4 years

Your body releases cortisol during high intensity exercise. This is the same thing your body produces when it is stressed. So I think there could be a connection between the two. I know when my ibs is bad I definitely prefer going for a less intense version of exercise. Walking or a gentle jog

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Yes I'm not sure? I often wonder if too much cardio upsets my tummy xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

I have just been doing yoga since July due to a knee injury (acquired whilst walking the dog😂) however before that I was doing PIIT daily (Pilates based HIIT) and my stomach was more upset but I put this down to drinking almost twice the amount of water I normally did (because I was so thirsty after!) 🤔 but now you make me wonder if it was that it the exercise.

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Do you do any other exercise @Lulaboola I do HIIT and strength too 4 times a week, Pilates and yoga once but wonder if I'm over doing it and that's upsetting my tummy :( xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

On average 45mins but if I have more time I will do about 60mins or if I am really short on time I'll make do with 15.

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

@Lulaboola how long do you practice your yoga for daily? Xx

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you so much @morglow xx

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

Thanks for sharing @morglow I will have a look for these too!

Jenny Quinn
almost 4 years

Thank you both xxx

morglow
almost 4 years

And I definitely agree with Lulaboola. Doctors have very little interest and I felt it was just the easiest diagnosis for them to make. So be persistent and don't underplay your symptoms to doctors.

morglow
almost 4 years

hi lovely. I have IBS but it is totally manageable. Every ones is different for example spicy foods don't bother me but creamy foods do. So if you haven't already kept a food diary I would say do that so you can see what your triggers are. Make sure and keep a track of your mood as well because I know stress really sets off my IBS. Fermented foods are supposed to be really good. Also i found the lemon water amazing before meals for helping to soothe my stomach. But the thing I would suggest that benefited me the most were digestive enzymes. I got the higher nature digestive enzymes and took them before every meal for a a few months and they genuinely were life changing. Combine the digestive enzymes with some probiotics and that should hopefully help. I also tend to eat little and often and try and make sure I eat meals at consistent times and not too late. I hope that helps. definitely give the digestive enzymes a go.

Lulaboola
almost 4 years

Hi Jenny, I was also diagnosed with IBS several years ago and what I discovered, after researching it, is that there is no actual condition IBS it is just a name given to a bunch of symptoms that may be caused by different things in different people. This is why there is no cure and GPs are generally not that interested(at least in my experience). For me a big trigger was stress so now I meditate and do yoga daily, as you know already. Also I felt that dairy often upset my digestion so I have cut that out. You could talk to your doctor about elimination diets and see what they suggest. I have just sort of bumbled along by myself, as the doctor wasn't much help, eliminating and re introducing things to see what made a difference. However, reducing stress was the biggest factor for me. Xx